Police budget cuts mean fewer officers in big cities

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten is cutting the budgets of police forces in the major urban areas and increasing spending on rural parts of the country, Nos television reports on Thursday.

The broadcaster says Opstelten believes the cities have too big a share of the police budget.
The Hague metropolitan police force says it will have to cut the number of officers by 200 to meet the new spending targets. Amsterdam expects to lose 110 jobs.
The new government pledged to boost the number of police officers by 3,000.

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